Contact Us:
2477 Kenworth Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 5K4
Tel 250-758-7777
Fax 250-758-7789
info@recycling.bc.ca

Hours of operation:
Open seven days a week
 
Drop-off Recyclables:
      Mon-Sun 7:00am-7:00pm
 
Community Market:
      Mon-Sun 9:00am-4:00pm

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What We Take

We ACCEPT these items at the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange Society:

Items Price Comment
Aluminum No charge. Must be composed of 30% metal.
Aluminum foil No charge. Must be clean.
Antifreeze No charge.
Audio-visual and consumer equipment No charge.
Bag-in-a-box wine or juice containers No charge. No refund given, accepted as donation. Please include bag with box.
Batteries No charge. All battereies are accepted
Barbecues No charge If useable can be donated to market, otherwise accepted as metal.
Beer cans No charge. No refund given, accepted as donation.
Beverage containers No charge. No refund given, accepted as donation.
Books No charge.
Bottles No charge. No refund given, accepted as donation.
Box board No charge.
Car batteries No charge.
Cell phones No charge.
Cereal boxes (boxboard) No charge.
Computers and accessories No charge.
Diesel $1.00/liter
Electronic tools and appliances No charge.
Flammable liquids No charge.
Fluorescent lamps No charge.
Fluorescent tubes No charge.
Food cans No charge.
Fridge $10.00/unit
Freezer $10.00/unit
Gasoline No charge. Must be brought in OSHA-approved safety containers (i.e. jerrycan).
Glass bottles No charge.
Glass jars No charge.
Grass Charged by volume. $5 minimum charge.
Heat transfer fluids No charge.
Hydraulic fluids No charge.
Ink jet cartridges No charge.
Juice box No charge. No refund given, accepted as donation.
Large appliances No charge.
Latex-based paint No charge.
Lawn & garden waste Charged by volume. $5 minimum charge.
Lawn mower No charge. Reusable condition accepted in market – Otherwise recycle in metal bin.
Lead No charge. Recycled in metal bin.
Lead-acid batteries No charge.
Leaves Charged by volume. $5 minimum charge.
Light bulbs No charge.
Light fixtures No charge.
Magazines No charge.
Mercury thermostat No charge.
Metal No charge. Must be composed of 30% metal.
Microwave No charge.
Milk containers No charge.
Motor oil No charge.
Newspaper No charge.
Oil No charge.
Oil filters No charge.
Oil-based paint No charge.
Outdoor tools No charge.
Padded bubble envelope No charge. Must have plastic and paper separated.
Paint Cans No charge. Can have unused paint remaining in can. Can must have original lid and label.
Paint strippers containing methylene chloride No charge.
Paper No charge.
Pesticides (Domestic) No charge.
Petroleum-derived oils No charge.
Plastic No charge. No number 3 & 6 (excluding packaging)
Plastic bags No charge. Stretchy plastic bags only
Plastic bottles No charge. No refund given, accepted as donation.
Pop cans No charge. No refund given, accepted as donation.
Porcelain Charge depending on size and item. Sinks $3, Toilets $5.
Pots and pans No charge Usable condition and/or metal
Plumbing fixtures No charge.
Printers No charge.
Propane tanks No charge. No charge to drop off old tank. Tank traders exchange program now in place. $25 for Traded tank – $60 for new tank. Please contact us for further information on our program.
Sinks (ceramic) $3.00/sink Porcelain.
Small appliances No charge.
Smoke alarms No charge.
Solvent No charge.
Solvent-based paint No charge.
Styrofoam No charge. All white and bulky styrofoam, no construction materials, no packing peanuts.
Synthetic oils No charge.
Telephone books No charge.
Television sets No charge.
Tetra-pak juice boxes No charge. No refund given, accepted as donation.
Thermostats No charge.
Textiles Useable only Clean and good condition clothes accepted in re-use market
Tires $2/tire.
Toilets $5.00/toilet Porcelain toilets accepted with rebate program, see office staff for paperwork.
Transmission fluid No charge.
Tree trimmings and limbs Charged by volume. $5 minimum charge.
Used lubricating oil No charge.
Used oil containers No charge.
Vegetable oil No charge.
Water cooler Where applicable $10.00 fee may be applied for water coolers containing freon
Wood $0.25/kg. All lumber and treated wood accepted.
Yard & garden waste Charged by volume. $5 minimum charge.

 

We do NOT ACCEPT these items at the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange Society:

Item Recommended Action
Compost Contact ICC Nanaimo
Construction materials Contact ReStore Building Supplies.
Cosmetic & beauty products & shampoo Take back to Retailer for disposal suggestion.
Couches, Loveseats, Hidabeds If reuse is not an option please bring to Regional Landfill
Drugs, medicines & other health products Take to local pharmacy for proper disposal.
Drywall and Gypsum Take to Alpine Disposal
Food waste Use the curbside collection green bin or ICC Nanaimo
Household waste Contact Regional District of Nanaimo Landfill.
Kleenex Can be composted in green bin. Contact ICC for more information.
Mattresses and Boxsprings May be returned to Sleep Country of Canada if in good condition. Landfill for disposal.
Medicine & packaging Take to local pharmacy for proper disposal.
Mercury Contact Hetherington Industries Ltd. or Terra Pure Environmental.
Needles Most drugstores accept sharps for free disposal.
Paper towel Can be composted in green bin. Contact ICC for more information.
Pencils Must be disposed of as garbage. Contact Regional District of Nanaimo Landfill.
Pet products Contact Regional District of Nanaimo Landfill.
PVC piping (ABS) Preferrably contact ReStore Building Supplies in Nanaimo for reuse. Otherwise, Contact Regional District of Nanaimo Landfill.
Textiles Unusable and degraded clothing, bedding, dishcloths, rags etc. can be brought to the Regional Landfill.
Vinyl Contact Regional District of Nanaimo Landfill.

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